I am joining the blog tour for The Last Tree by Luke Adam Hawker today. Many thanks to Luke and Ilex Press for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
Imagine a world without trees. A world that is in many ways like our world, but where magnificent canopies, tree climbing and leaves rustling in the breeze are now only distant memories…
Until a young girl comes along, a girl who is brave and spirited and willing to follow where her imagination takes her. Through Olive’s adventures in the world of trees we are reminded of nature’s extraordinary power and beauty, and her actions ultimately sow the seeds of new life in her old world.
From the mind and pen of Luke Adam Hawker, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Together, The Last Tree is a superbly illustrated narrative that is a powerful evocation of the fragility of our natural world and a magnificent celebration of its beauty.
I have spent my entire life living on the edge of the South Downs National Park – whatever direction I leave my house from, it is not long before I can find myself surrounded by countryside, and being among trees always brings me a sense of peace. Living in a world without them is unthinkable to me, but in The Last Tree, Luke Adam Hawker raises the question of just how close we are to this becoming a reality, and I actually felt quite emotional reading this book.
Luke Adam Hawker’s drawings are delicate, and emotive, and the intricacy of the illustrations balances perfectly with the minimalist use of the words. Olive’s wonder at being among trees for the first time is captured beautifully, as is her love for her father.
The Last Tree is a book that can be read in minutes, but that you will want to look at for hours to absorb all the little details of each drawing. As with Hawker’s previous book, Together, The Last Tree is a book that I will revisit time and time again, and I am sure I will uncover a something previously unseen every time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Luke Adam Hawker worked as an architectural designer before becoming a full-time artist in 2015. He sells his signed and limited-edition prints to fans throughout the UK and the rest of the world. He has also been commissioned by brands such as the Soho House Hotel Group and has an artwork hanging in the Parliamentary Art collection. He has over 298k very engaged Instagram followers.
Luke’s first book, Together, was a Sunday Times bestseller. It has sold over 130,000 copies worldwide to date and has been translated into nine languages.
Luke lives with his wife, son and dog, Robin, in Surrey. England.
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs taking part in the tour.